The program will include Messiaen’s “Les Offrandes oubliees,” Poulenc’s “Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra” and Debussy’s “La mer.” Wilson said with the Christian calendar just having entered Lent, Messiaen’s piece is especially timely.
“This music stirs my heart and soul unlike any other,” Wilson said.
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The Rogés have toured the world.
The French-born Pascal has performed in most of the major concert halls and with the biggest orchestras, and considered one of the top interpreters of French music. Ami was born in Japan and attended the Julliard School and absorbed all aspects of French culture.
“The opportunity to visit with precious friends one meets along this journey is always special,” Wilson said of the Rogés. “For that reason, our Poulenc concerto will be a highlight of my musical season.”
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The Opening Notes program will be at 6:45 p.m. in the Turner Studio Theatre with Christopher Durrenberger, Wittenberg University, Department of Music Chair, while the Wright State University Trombone Ensemble will do the Performance Prelude in the Davidson Grand Lobby.
WANT TO GO?
What: Springfield Symphony Orchestra, MasterWorks II, Pascal and Ami Rogé
Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield
When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
More info: 937-325-8100 or go to www.springfieldsym.org